Darkman 2: The Return of Durant
Written by Robert Eisele, Lawrence Hertzog & Steven McKay
Directed by Bradford May
Arnold Vosloo .... Darkman/Dr. Peyton Westlake
Larry Drake .... Robert G. Durant
Kim Delaney .... Jill Randall
Renée O'Connor .... Laurie Brinkman
Lawrence Dane .... Dr. Alfred Hathaway
Jesse Collins .... Dr. David L. Brinkman
Sam Raimi cashed in his director credits for an executive producer title on this sequel which follows the improbable comic book logic of the original by having criminal mastermind Robert G. Durant awakening from a coma after the helicopter crash that should have killed him. He quickly plants his roots back in the underground and breaks a mad scientist out of the local asylum to help him develop a super-weapon that he can use to take over the illegal arms trade.
Meanwhile, Darkman—that 99 minute superhero who has been lingering in the shadows of the city and working in his own little private Bat-Cave set up in the sewer—has found a scientist himself: Dr. David Brinkman, whose research on synthetic skin parallels that of his own. Just when they seem to be on the verge of cracking the puzzle, Durant's interests interfere with Darkman's interests and they finally cross paths once again.
The expected series of battles ensue, of course.
Not bad for a sequel, especially considering that it carries a new director and a new actor in the lead. Larry Drake returning as Durant was great, playing the prototypical comic book mobster. Jill Randall, the news reporter from Street Copy came across as a prototype of Courtney Cox's character from Scream, which was amusing. The action and violence wasn't nearly as “animated” as it should have been, seeing as that was what made the original so charming.
Worth a watch for fans of the original, but it's not going to have you running out to buy Darkman 3 any time soon.
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